JP submits memos demanding Ershad’s release

Rangpur metropolitan and district committees of the party also enforced a 48-hour hartal from Tuesday to protest against Ershad’s alleged detention

out processions in several districts as part of a two-day programme to press for the release of party Chairman HM Ershad.

Rangpur metropolitan and district committees of the party also enforced a 48-hour hartal from Tuesday to protest against Ershad’s alleged detention.

Committees in Rajshahi, Sylhet, Noakhali, Chandpur and a few other districts submitted memorandums to the DC offices concerned.

“Law enforcers picked our chief at night without any reason and sent him to the Combine Military Hospital, causing him mental torture. We want his release as soon as possible,” the memorandum said.

Ershad was picked up by Rab personnel from his Baridhara residence last Thursday night and admitted to the CMH. The government has denied detaining him, saying he was hospitalised because of ill heatlh.

JaPa leader Kazi Firoz Rashid yesterday dispelled rumours that Ershad might be sent overseas for treatment.

“There is no need for Ershad to go abroad as he will be taking treatment here,” Rashid told journalists after a meeting with Rawshan Ershad at her residence yesterday afternoon.

Earlier, media reports claimed that the JaPa chief had agreed to a government proposal to go abroad, apparently to pave the way for a section of his party men to contest the January 5 elections, which the former military dictator has decided to boycott.

Grassroots JaPa leaders and activists expressed anger at the party’s central committee for its activities regarding Ershad’s release and the polls issue.

“We are still confused about the activities of the central leaders. Now, our leaders are not clear about their position on taking part in the polls,” Faisal Ahmed, president of the Dhaka University unit of Jatiya Chhatra Samaj, the party’s student wing, told the Dhaka Tribune.

Also yesterday, several hundred party activists waited outside the residence of Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader for his statement.

Hawlader, however, did not meet with them and ignored their phone calls, sources said.

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